This would be a no-brainer if my wife would ride with me, but she is deathly afraid of bikes. She tolerates me having one because the kids are mostly grown and I have good life insurance! The good news is I don't think she'd give me too much crap if I tried one on my own. I have to admit, it seems like you sure need to know a lot of stuff before you get started! It seems daunting! Since the pros are in here 2 questions and then I'll go back to lurking.... 1. SS1K - Anything like a rally? Will it give me the flavor at all to see if it's something I want to pursue more? Or are they entirely different beasts? 2. ToH - I see a lot of LD riders talking about that. Would that give me a taste or is it just not close due to the timed aspect / bonuses / camaraderie? Not ruling anything out, but trying to gather info and opinions. @BkerChuck I love new stuff, new experiences, and traveling. This really fires up the imagination.... @markar Thanks for the tip about GLMC. I will see if something like that is doable!